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A Lamar Smith Christmas

December 10: Rep. Lamar Smith cosponsors H.R. 4218, a bill to bring admission of refugees into the United States to a total and immediate halt. December 18: Rep. Lamar Smith cosponsors H.Res. 564, a bill that chastises Americans for not embracing the symbols and traditions

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Republicans In Congress Whine That Their Political Destiny Isn’t Coming True

If there really is a predetermined plan for greatness of the USA through journeys into outer space, then it will come to pass, and doesn’t need the help of a congressional resolution. If, on the other hand, there is no real outer space destiny of American Exceptionalism, well, what’s the big fuss about? Members of Congress can still get out toy spaceships and Star Wars action figures and play with them after all the interns have gone home.

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Promises For Patriot Act Hearings Are Going Dark

So far, the Subcommittee on Crime Terrorism and Homeland Security doesn’t seem inclined to keep David Dreier’s promise of a hearing of Americans’ grievances about the Patriot Act’s Big Brother system of spying set up against them. Instead, it is working to promote the FBI’s Going Dark program to expand electronic surveillance by the government.

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On Police Cameras and Satellites Spying On Us

The spy satellite operations of the National Applications Office place each and every one of us in a panopticon, a virtual prison in which we are treated as criminally suspect, and under constant threat of surveillance, though we’ll never really know whether we’re being spied upon at all. Conditions like this are corrosive to a free society, and so, although it’s created with the of excuse of a need for security, the National Application Office’s panopticon nation is itself the source of a systematic American insecurity.

Psst... what kind of person doesn't support pacifism?